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Whenever my 3 year old daughter gets upset she scratches herself. She scratches up and down her legs and will keep doing it if I don't stop her. It scares me that she can hurt herself like that and it's always over something little (like if I correct a behavior). Any suggestions? Someone told me to ignore it but she will keep doing it so I always stop her b/c she'll leave marks on her legs she scratches so hard.Answer Question
Answer by vicki2008 at 6:52 PM on Sep. 16, 2008
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Answer by alexis_06 at 2:34 AM on Sep. 17, 2008
When she is scratching herself, validate that you understand she is feeling angry. Try teaching her alternatives besides scratching herself. I would also try not to feed into her drama. She wants a reaction from you. My daughter would roll her eyes back, through herself on the ground and pass out for a few seconds. I would make sure nothing was in her mouth, pick her up and she was then fine. I spoke to her peditrition and was recommened to ignore that behavior, one I did she stopped..Also, children like to please let your daughter know when she is good. Tell her how proud you are of her that she shared a toy or listened to what you had to say.
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